Name: Pocket
Platform(s): iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox
Price: Free
Mission: Save online articles (and other media) to read later

College students are busy, probably more so than most people. We don’t have much free time between trying not to fall behind in our studies and perhaps working a bit to help relieve our crushing debt. A lot of us like to read but often don’t have the time. But if you happen to find some free time in your day (perhaps on the toliet), Pocket can have the online articles you’ve been meaning to read lined up and ready to go.

What makes Pocket a breeze to use is the browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. The app makes it effortless to save online content to read when ever you have a spare moment. When you see an article you would like to read later, just hit the Pocket button on your browser, and the article will be sent to the Pocket app your phone. It reformats your articles to show only the article itself using a simple black font that is easy on the eyes. And if you prefer reading in this clutter-free environment, you can do it on your computer as well with Pocket’s Web app.

The app also makes it extremely easy to organize your articles. You can make tags of your choosing to put your articles into categories. You can also simply search for certain keywords or websites. And once you’ve read an article, you can mark it “read,” and it will be archived so it’s not causing clutter (but you can pull it up again later if you need it).

This alone is more than enough features. But if you’re the power-user type, Pocket is integrated with more than 323 apps. Some of the big names the app is integrated with include Twitter, Evernote and Flipboard.
Pocket makes catching up on your reading easy and elegant. It’s free and is waiting for you whenever you have a moment.

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When you’re enjoying free bus rides on AC Transit with your Class Pass you might notice that a lot of locals have a card that they tap against a reader when they board — that’s what makes all those beeping sounds. That card their using is called the Clipper Card, and it has a lot more uses than just AC Transit. Clipper Cards are read more »

Sometimes trying to keep organized at Berkeley makes us feel the way we do when we’re holding our Tully’s and sense a sneeze coming on – helpless! Hopefully these useful apps for the iPhone – all of which are free – will help put a lid on that life of yours. (To download, open iTunes and click on the iTunes Store tab, then search by app name.)

NextBus – Tells you the next arriving buses according to your location using GPS technology and includes all AC Transit buses, but also the Lawrence Lab and other loop buses too.

ASUC – An assortment of great campus-related tools for students from the ASUC. We especially love the real-time monitors that display how full places like RSF and the campus libraries are.

UCBearWALK – Request a Bearwalk escort from your phone, or track North/South Night Safety Shuttles in real time.

UC Berkeley Mobile – Created by the university itself, this app features helpful, general course information and library tools for current students. It’s also especially handy for incoming students (or even visiting family) with features like interactive maps, tour information and upcoming events.

Now that you’re stocked up on Berkeley-grade productivity tools read more »

5867512923_05b371ddbcContrary to popular belief, Berkeley students do not live in the main stacks, never seeing the sun and only coming out to retrieve the FSM coffee they need to survive in their vampiric lifestyle (Well, not all Berkeley students – some live in Soda Hall). We actually do like to get out and go places. However, sometimes it’s difficult.

Yes, there’s public transit if you don’t have a car, but BART, Muni, Caltrain, Amtrak, AC Transit — they are only so reliable and often take twice as long as driving would. And Zipcar can sure get pricey. If you are cursed blessed enough to have a car in Berkeley, let’s face it: Gas is expensive, and often it would be cheaper to take public transit (Plus, do you really want to give up that parking spot?).

So what’s a Berkeleyan on the go to do? The answer read more »

busAs Berkeley pedestrians, we at the Clog know all too well about some of the speedy drivers we have around this city. Fortunately for us, we’ve been able to make it across the dicey RSF crosswalk without getting hit by a vehicle (granted we’ve cut it close a couple times). However, one woman was not as lucky.

She was one of two women crossing the intersection of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue when she was allegedly hit and run over by a University of California bus. The woman’s friend was also reportedly injured, when she tried to capture the bus driver’s attention by banging on the windows.

A crowd of people gathered around the scene of the collision as calls poured into the police and Berkeley firefighters collaborated to extract the woman from underneath the bus. The struck woman was sent to a trauma center where she underwent numerous surgeries but is reportedly well and recovered. Let this be a lesson to all drivers to slow down near crosswalks and all pedestrians to keep your eyes peeled. We don’t need any more people under buses, now!

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Women Struck By UC Berkeley Bus in Stable Condition [The Berkeley Daily Planet]

A bus.

Berkeley may be the second greenest city in California, but it doesn’t look like we’ll get to the number one spot any time soon. The AC system has a plan for dedicated bus lanes on Telegraph Avenue, but opponents are marshaling their forces to protest this most grievous of acts.

Enough signatures have been collected by petitioners for voter approval in November, which means that any hope of using public transportation for greening up our little city even more just got much dimmer.

Said dissenters argue that it will be the death of Telegraph, making parking even tougher in an environment notorious for parking troubles.

The proposition would cost an estimated $400 million—but does this mean that we, as students, still get our free bus passes?

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Berkeley rapid bus plan faces uphill battle [Chron]